Should California’s gun-control laws become unconstitutional?
California Gov. Jerry Brown thinks so, and he’s determined to go forward with his policy with the help of Texas.
Brown asked the Texas attorney general on Thursday to provide a letter that details “the justifications for the anti-governor/anti-gun amendment.”
The request from California is the result of Texas’ AG Greg Abbott signing HB3622, known as the “heartbeat bill.” The law would prevent a pregnant woman from getting an abortion past the 12th week of pregnancy if her fetal heartbeat can be detected.
On Friday, Brown noted that, “the Supreme Court’s refusal to review its own earlier decision that was struck down, will allow Texas to proceed, and it was therefore the appropriate action for California to seek.”
“Our state already has the toughest assault weapons laws in the nation,” Brown said. “California will remain a tough place to get a gun.”
The request for a letter by Texas continues a national trend. Lawmakers in several states have taken steps to pass laws making it difficult to sue companies over firearm safety and speech, similar to a Texas law that may stop a woman from suing a company that used a modified-shooter model that infringes on their rights.
On Thursday, the Virginia House of Delegates approved such a measure in a 62-31 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for a final vote.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the city of Chicago’s ban on handguns. That ruling, the Heller decision, was based on the Second Amendment.